Remember when Seattle raised its minimum wage, and people started seeing negative results?
Missouri Republicans certainly do, and that is why they recently made an effort to make sure nothing like that happens in their state.
After liberals in the city of St. Louis decided to drastically raise its minimum wage, Republicans took action to reverse the raise and save the economy from sure destruction.
Read more below about Missouri’s powerful move against dangerous liberal policies, but first answer our national poll: do you think Donald Trump should follow suit and lower the minimum wage in America, or should he raise it?
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If you thought the minimum wage only moved in one direction, then Missouri Republicans have a surprise for you.
After St. Louis leaders raised the wage floor for workers within city limits, the state GOP recently passed what’s known as a statewide “preemption” law, forbidding localities from taking such matters into their own hands. On Friday, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens (R) said he would let the law go into effect, thereby barring cities and counties from setting a minimum wage higher than the state level.
For low-wage earners in St. Louis itself, the new law will have a startling consequence: It will actually push the minimum wage back down, from the city-approved $10 per hour to the state-approved $7.70. The downgrade is slated to take effect on Aug. 28.
Low wage workers in St. Louis should be thankful for this new law.
Otherwise, St. Louis would have quickly turned into Seattle – a city where progressives single-handedly put poor people out of work by bypassing the market to raise the minimum wage.
Simply put, poor people do not benefit when the minimum wage goes up. New expenses for businesses are offset by layoffs and price hikes, which both hurt poor workers in the long term.
This new Missouri law is an ingenious way to prevent this from happening in more cities across the country. The law prevents individual cities from taking minimum wage matters into their own hands, which leaves the decision to the more often conservative state legislatures.
It is unfortunate that Republicans need to make such desperate moves to stop liberals from hurting workers. Nevertheless, there is no other way.
Liberals will raise the minimum wage and put people out of work whenever they get the chance to do so. Republicans need to stay strong to protect poorer Americans from these inept policies.